An enthralling mix of the old and the new, Machida City is home to an vast array of public spaces. Huge parks and natural reserves are a dime a dozen here with plenty of outdoor options for visitors. Here is an introduction to just some of the parks and gardens of Machida and how to reach them.
Quite the large space, Nozuta Park is dominated by its soccer and baseball fields, sports and athletics stadium and multiple tennis courts. In contrast to this action, the park's charming little flower gardens, plenty of wooded tracts of forest growth and picnic areas, offer visitors a taste of the quiet and relaxing.
A 20-minute no.32 bus ride from Tama-center Station on the Tama Monorail Line.
Oyamada Ryokuchi Park
Ponds, walking trails and views, Oyamada Ryokuchi Park is an explosion of the natural world in the middle of the city. Bamboo groves, rolling open spaces as well as woodland forests and even play equipment for the children, the park is one of the area's most relaxing public spaces.
A 6-minute no.45 bus ride from Karakida Station on the Odakyu Tama Line.
One of the city's most enjoyable spaces, Serigaya Park is famous for its iconic quasi-windmill fountain sculpture. Plenty of open spaces, trees as well as waterfalls and light streams feature here, making the park a great place to step into for some relaxation time. Watch out for the Museum of Graphic Arts at the park's southern end.
A 7-minute walk from Machida Station on the Odakyu Line.
Home to a host of Japanese koi fish, turtles and wild birds, the huge pond here is centrepiece of Yakushi-ike Park. The beautiful surrounds of blooming iris flower gardens makes a visit here a real treat while the historical Edo period homes and lovely Taiko Bridge provide a traditional backdrop that adds to the charm of the park.
A 20-minute no.55 bus ride from Machida Station on the Odakyu Line.